Yes, it was an amazing experience. The guides were capable and sociable and the members of the team were well-prepared. The whole time I felt confident that things were moving forward according to plan and as a result I was able to enjoy my time spent on the mountain. Yes. Vern and Ben made effective decisions about weather considerations, when to move the team and locating the safest routes of travel. They struck the proper balance between maintaining good relations with the group and keeping us on schedule and focused on the important tasks at hand. They allowed us to be independent in terms of practicing our own survival skills but remained available for help if we needed it. I learned a lot from Vern and Ben by listening to their stories from years of mountaineering experience. They also made helpful suggestions in terms of gear and I appreciated their patience in regards to re-configuring some of my clothing on summit day. The correspondence, course materials and website were well-prepared and interactions with the administration and office staff were positive. Matt did an excellent job coordinating things in Punta Arenas in terms of our hotels and gear and he gets special marks for helping me with some initial flight problems I experienced that delayed my arrival in Chile. The food and cooking skills were top notch. The guides put a lot of effort into preparing quality meals and it was appreciated. All of the group gear and tents worked great. No areas of improvement, I had a great trip.
Mount Vinson Testimonials
Yes, I very much enjoyed the expedition. We enjoyed a fantastic weather that made everything easy. I would say this trip was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Obviously, Vern is a wealth of experience and knowledge and historical context, given how long he has been in the business. Ben is also very, very good guide. Both exhibited strong leadership skills. They were diligent and granular in their approach, but at the same time explaining the context and ramification of decisions and routs. Very good.
Both of them have a strong ability to articulate how things should be done and why. They were always calm and clearly managed to focus on the main issues and skip the minor things that don’t matter. Their cooking was excellent as well 🙂
The participants were strong. Guidance was good. Nothing in particular comes to mind. You can be proud of your services and staff.
Yes, definitely. Antarctica is basically another planet and so much has to go right to make this expedition a reality… weather, logistics, unforeseen circumstances. Aside from some very late luggage, this expedition went flawlessly. Alpine Ascents has considered every single detail and executed the trip beautifully.
I took the 6-day Baker course to fill some gaps in my mountaineering skills (knots, rope team travel, crevasse rescue). Something about the way Vern taught/explained these skills made everything just click in ways they hadn’t before. Ben is so experienced and personable that I could definitely see him guiding me up Everest.
Strengths would be the overall organization and availability of staff to answer all questions. I felt like this trip was well organized and which makes me very likely to choose Alpine Ascents for future expeditions. Also, Vern and Ben are obviously some of your best guides. I appreciated having them for this expedition. I’d be hard pressed to come up with any weaknesses.
Yes, very enjoyable. Very quick replies on emails. Very good website
Vern and Ben were fantastic and Vinson was one of the more memorable climbs I’ve been on.
Yes I enjoyed it very much! Our guide Vern did an excellent job leading the trip, and in addition to safely guiding us up Mount Vinson made the efforts to take us on additional activities after the Vinson climb also – such as crevasse rescue training and scrambling up Mount Rossman. Was great to have Paul pick me up from the airport and make sure everything was looked after in Punta Arenas also.
Vern demonstrated excellent leadership skills. He gave clear expectations and instructions every day, and I learned lots about setting up tents and winter camping. Appreciate also being asked about my opinion on the plan for the day given weather and energy levels which Vern did often. Vern obviously knows the mountain very well and I always knew 100% that our team was in good hands. Vern is personable and easy to get along with. He is a wealth of knowledge, has many interesting stories, and also a great musician!
Awesome job – staff always responded to my questions very quickly! (even after I sent my money in) Course material was good and answered most questions I had clearly. Strengths – Vern and his leadership and experience. Real food on the mountain. ALE and the camps were awesome. Also was happy with the extra time built into the schedule as I felt I had plenty of time around Union Glacier and in Punta Arenas for sightseeing after my trip. I will highly recommend Alpine Ascents and Vern / Paul to anyone looking for a guide! Thanks guys!
My team did very well due to the cause of very good well known 10 times 7 summiteers Guide Vern Tejas. I salute him always for his great guiding. He is super perfect leader on mountain sector.
We had a great climb and were blessed with some really good weather. My guides were both quite organised and made the whole trip really enjoyable. We were really pleased with the guiding that they did. Taught us things along the way and they were quite relaxed and easy to get along with. Pretty well organised expedition. The food and planning worked out well along the way. All the camps were set up with gear which minimised the need to carry a lot of extra stuff – a real strength for AAI. All the office stuff was really well organised and this worked really well. Lots of info and we felt well informed.
As usual very well organised; the logistics on this one are difficult to say the least and as usual AAI brings it all together very well and provides a great experience of the Antarctic. Both of my guides have first class mountaineering skills; the experience they bring to a group are second to no-one. Strong logistics; good guides and very well understood environment- the complete package
We had a great team and great guides, Sam and Lakpa are very professional. Great team.